Tuesday, March 18, 2008

David Lane Williams 1834 - 1910

David L. Williams (Son of Absalom, Grandson of William b. 1760)
Born: 27 June 1834 Preble Co, OH
Died: 28 April 1910 Saline Co, MO
Buried: Antioch Cemetery, Saline Co, MO
Married: Leah C. Valentine on 3 June 1855 Henry Co, IN
Born: 28 February 1835 Henry Co, IN

Died: 27 January 1916 Driftwood, Alfalfa Co, OK

James A
Born: 7 November 1856 Madison Co, IN
Died: 13 April 1939 Harper Co, KS
Married: Emma A. French on 4 Aug. 1878 Sweet Springs, MO

Jesse M
Born: 26 February 1858 Madison Co, IN
Died: 28 May 1924 Harper Co, KS
Married: Anna Scott Elliott on 28 Mar 1880 Saline Co, MO

John C
Born: 4 January 1860 Madison Co, IN
Died: 27 June 1925 Driftwood, OK
Married: Sarah M. Evans on 5 Nov 1882 Ottawa, KS

William L
Born: 4 January 1860 Madison Co, IN
Died: 27 October 1918 Silverdale, KS
Married: Lucy C. Province on 25 Mar 1882 Saline Co, MO

Joseph B
Born: 25 January 1862 Madison Co, IN
Died: 16 June 1944 Manchester, OK
Married: Iona A. Bennett on 3 June 1892 Winfield, KS

Emily F
Born: 30 September 1866 Madison Co, IN
Died: 18 January 1926 Wichita, KS
Married: Henry F. Rather in Jan 1888

Thomas T
Born: 30 September 1868 Warrensburg, MO
Died: 21 April 1944 Jet, OK
Married: 1) Ola Ama Pierce on 15 February 1897
2) Ollie K. Mitchell on 31 July 1930

Andrew S
Born: 4 October 1874 Sweet Springs, MO
Died: 2 March 1937 Enid, OK
Married: Alice E. McKown on 18 Sept 1897 KS

Nora Caroline
Born: 5 February 1878 Sweet Springs, MO
Died: 2 May 1966 Pond Creek, OK
Married: John C. Halcomb in 1895 KS

Ernest C:
Born: February 1887 Idaho

Note: Children of David and Leah Williams -- David Ellsworth, Elvira Leona, Albert, Isaac Newton, and Charles Henry did not survive childhood.

From the book Williams History and Genealogy, by N. Caroline Halcomb, published 1946 by the Medford Printing and Publishing Company, Medford, Oklahoma, pages 41, 42 and 43:

"David Lane Williams, my father was the son of Absalom J. and Hester Ann (Lane) Williams. He was born in Preble County, Ohio, on June 27, 1834, and was the eldest of a family of twelve children. When he was two years old his parents moved to Alfont, Madison County, Indiana. Where he grew to manhood and received his education, remaining there until he was 31 years of age. When he left school he took up farming near his home. He was married to my mother, Leah Caroline Valentine on June 3, 1855.

Leah Caroline Valentine was the daughter of James and Sarah (Frazier) Valentine. She was born in Henry County, Indiana on February 28, 1835. My mother was a devout Christian, having been brought up under strict Christian rules, her father being a minister in the United Brethren Church. Theirs was a large family, as were most families in those days.

After their marriage they continued farming near Alfont, where their first ten children were born, four passing away in early life. While living there, father accepted a call to the ministry, meanwhile, working at various trades and jobs including carpentry, for those pioneer days it was necessary to do what one could to help support a family and keep up the home. During the Civil War he served as Captain of the Home Guards.

As the trend of expansion was westward in those days my parents decided to move to Missouri. In 1868 the family, consisting of the parents, five sons and a daughter, began their journey to the west, their train being ferried across the Mississippi River at Saint Louis. They first went to Warrensburg, Missouri where they lived for a time. Here, father continued his work both as minister and carpenter, building the depot and the first two residences in Centerville, Missouri.

Later they moved to Saline County, Missouri, buying a farm and building them a home near Sweet Springs (Saline County, Missouri) , where they lived for seventeen years and where their four younger children were born, one Charles H., passing on in early life. After the ravages of the Civil War, which left the country in a deplorably depleted state, they found their means in a like condition and life was a little hard for awhile, but they prospered and advanced along with the country and were able to obtain a nice tract of land and considerable stock as time went on Father was quite active in all community activities of the day."

Researched by Group 8 DNA member Ken W. Email: kin_seeker@yahoo.com
(kin_skr at yahoo.com)

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